In the world of dieting, many promises are made and broken. But author Kevin Trudeau's is an extreme case: He had been warned by no less than the
Nevertheless, he appeared in a recent set of infomercials for his book "The
A federal jury in Chicago found Trudeau guilty of criminal contempt Tuesday and he was taken into custody, Reuters reports. He faces potential federal prison time.
Trudeau's attorney argued that everything he said in the infomercials appeared in the book, so he hadn't violated his agreement, and that his claims had been stated as opinion and should be protected by free speech. The jury in the criminal case found against him.
In a civil case in 2010, Trudeau was fined $38 million, a sum he has not paid. This fall he has twice been jailed for failing to pay the judgment and for not accounting for his assets. Trudeau, 50, says he cannot pay.
[For the Record, Nov. 14, 2013: An earlier version of this post said Kevin Trudeau had been warned by the Federal Communications Commission.]